Magazine Freebies Roundup; March 2014

I’ve been whining for the last few months about the complete lack of freebies with magazines, and I’m glad to say there is finally a nice haul of stuff you can get this month. I am, however, a little worried that I may have been conditioned by my long period of freebie-fasting, as I have only bought one of them! The horror! Let’s hope this isn’t a long term affliction. Anyway, enough of my rambles, on to the freebies…

I’ve spotted four this month, and I’ll start with the least exciting one; Company.


Company were offering their own branded mascara, the imaginatively named ‘Company Lashes’. It looked like a big one to me, a chunky brush somewhat similar to the Bourjois clubbing mascaras, and I tend to favour leaner brushes, so I didn’t get it.


Marie Claire had a Neal’s Yard moisturizing lipgloss which looked quite cute, but I don’t really care for lipgloss, plus it looked a little dark for me, so I didn’t get it. Worth £9.50 though, so a worthy investment!


Elle had the product that most tempted me of all the ones I didn’t buy; a Percy and Reed Wonder Balm, pitched as a hair primer! This intrigued me no end, but I’m not a huge fan of Elle, and I’ve been trying to use up my numerous hair products recently, so I skipped it. It looks adorable, though, so I may still try it…


Glamour is the one I did buy, as I buy it every month anyway; it’s my absolute fave! Glamour were offering a freebie they’ve actually given away before; a choice of mascara, lipgloss, eyeliner and lipliner from brand Model Co. I got the same thing I got last time, the mascara, so you can check out my review here; my opinion hasn’t changed!

So that’s that! So glad to have freebies back again, I’ve missed them so. Let me know what freebies you get; especially if you get the Percy and Reed, I could easily be swayed towards it!

Itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins

Today’s review is a break from the usual beauty, and instead inspired by my new years resolutions and healthy eating kick. I love food, so dieting is always an issue for me, so any time I come across a low calorie snack I’m over the moon. As a result, imagine my delight when I spotted these beauties, the perfect low calorie snack.


These are crispy seaweed thins by Itsu, and they are a genuine revalation. They are basically little dried crispy sheets of seaweed, and the ingredients are nothing more than seaweed, olive oil and salt. You get 12 sheets in a pack, each sheet approx 6 by 9 cm.


The sheet is pretty big for eating at once, so I tend to chop each sheet into 4 bitesize bits. That way, they are much easier to eat, and it feels like you get more of them. Score!


So the important thing; what do they taste like? In my opinion, delicious. They only bear a slight similarity to the crispy seaweed you get in Chinese takeaways, since that stuff is of course fried cabbage. The texture is the same, air light and delightfully crisp, but instead it has a definite taste of ‘ocean’. I don’t know how else to describe it! I guess it tastes a little like crab, but really it just tastes like the smell of salty sea air. Gorgeous.

The crispy texture is amazing, but if you leave them to dissolve on your tongue they will turn into a soggy mass, much more like real seaweed. I haven’t decided if I like them soggy yet, so I tend to crunch them down nice and fast. It’s the perfect savoury snack, and not only that; it’s only 24 calories a pack! Genius!

I buy these in a triple pack for £1.75 from Waitrose, and they really are worth it. Tasty and guilt free, they’ve become my favourite snack, and you should definitely give them a go!

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Helloooooo kids!

I’m pretty excited about today’s review(Staple switch!), but before I jump in I’m going to start with a quick Resolution update. I’ve not checked my weight in a while, although my diet has been iffy to be honest so I doubt much has changed. This is down to a LOT of social engagements recently, and just being naughty in general. I’m happy to say, though, that I’ve still managed to stick to my oath not to have any snack foods. Go me! The best part, though, is that I’ve managed to stick to my exercise pledge. I now run every day except Sundays, 2 miles every day except Saturday when I run 3. I’m really pleased I’ve managed to stick to it, and though I’m still not good I’m getting better. I’m also getting to the point where I’m actually starting to enjoy it, which is something I never thought would happen! I have my first race tomorrow, a 5k, and I’m pretty nervous, but I also cannot WAIT to get my hands on my finishers medal. It’s become something of a fixation!

So, onto the beauty bit of this review. Today I’m reviewing a foundation I picked up recently, Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in shade 010, Light Porcelain.


Regular readers will know I have a love for Bare Minerals foundation that cannot be usurped. That stuff aint’ cheap, however, and since I’ve been washing all my makeup off at my midday post-run shower I wanted a little bottle of liquid foundation that I wouldn’t be so bothered about cleaning off twice a day. Enter this little beauty. It’s the ‘squeezable’ version of their infamous matte mousse foundation, apparently the best selling foundation in the UK. I’d tried that stuff before, and though I loved the texture, the lightest shade made me look bright orange. Gutting. As soon as I spotted this one, though, my hopes were raised. Porcelain sounded more promising than Ivory, and sure enough this shade is beautifully pale. I’d even go as far to say it may be the palest liquid foundation I’ve ever seen!

It’s a truly gorgeous texture. Thick, whipped and luxurious, this stuff feels amazing going on. Here’s a snap to show the moussey goodness!


This stuff also delivers wonderfully on coverage. It’s nice and thick, and covers your skin in a super-soft veil, getting rid of all evils. My biggest skin bugbear is redness; being pale, I have very red cheeks, as well as red skin around my eyes, and this stuff covers both wonderfully. See below…


As you can see, it has straight away covered up all the redness on my cheeks, nose, chin and eyes, and has left me with a pale, flawless coverage. Even the freckles and tinge of pink on my forehead are gone! It really has done a lovely job, and I’m so pleased.

It feels really nice to use, creamy and soft, but make sure you don’t use a primer with it. It’s so thick that it really sinks into your skin, so if you have a primer it just sits on top of it and slides about. Not a good look! On plain, moisturized skin, though, its a miracle, and at only £5.99 a super cheap miracle!

I thoroughly recommend this stuff; it’s made its way to being my go-to daily foundation, leaving Bare Minerals for more special occasions. There are a number of shades, too, so I suggest you try it out asap! You won’t be disappointed!


Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

Hi chaps!

My goodness, I have been rubbish haven’t I. I’m sorry for the fail; my only excuse is that I’ve been focusing so hard on my resolutions, my dear blog fell a little by the wayside. The only good news is that in the last month, I have discovered a cavalcade of new products and beauty regimes that I can’t wait to share with you!

A quick note on my resolutions; they are going so well. I’ve got into running in a big way; I now go every day, and I’ve signed up for my first 5k! Yikes! I’ve also not caved on any of my banned foods, not even close. Looking good so far!!

Ok, so onto today’s review, which is a product that came out mid last year; Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara.


I tried this at the time, the palest shade of the three available, and was massively underwhelmed, so didn’t bother. Recently, howver, what with my running and showers at lunch time, I’ve needed a low maintenance, easy to carry makeup set. I don’t want to spend ages on makeup I’ll wash off and reapply at lunch, so I’ve switched to a small set of simple basics, and that made me reconsider this mascara. I went back, and this time I picked up the medium shade, Medium Brown. Even though I use the lightest brow shade normally, this is such light coverage I figured I could get away with it, and I was right. I thoroughly recommend that you go for a darker shade, if you want to buy this; however light you usually go, the light blonde/brown is basically unnoticeable.


This is what the brush itself looks like; a strange little ball shape. I think it makes it slightly easier to apply, but not hugely different from the clear mascara I usually top my brows off with. It just goes on like regular mascara, tinted and with a dry feeling finish. Here’s a comparison; plain brow on the left, brow mascara on the right.


As you can see, there is a difference. It’s not massive, but it definitely darkens and defines the brow. Here’s a shot from further out, with mascara on the left brow and the right one left bare.


I think the difference is more obvious here. It darkens the hairs, and makes them much more neat the whole way down. It’s no miracle worker, but it does the basic job.

It’s absolutely no substitute for the fabulous MUA brow palette, but if like me you want a low maintenance, super speedy, travel friendly way to define your eyebrows, then this will do fine, and at only £4.99 it’s not bank breaking either. A great travel substitute; just pick a dark shade!!

New Years Resolutions 2014

Happy New Year everyone!

I absolutely LOVE New Year. Not the night itself, obviously- that tends to be pretty unremarkable. I just mean the concept in general. I love the idea of starting afresh, and even though it’s technically just an arbitrary day, it makes me feel like anything is possible. I always set myself a resolution, and I’ve never given it up- for the entirety of 2012 I gave up Chocolate, and I managed it just fine! With that in mind, I have decided to set myself a much larger, and infinitely more life changing set of resolutions this year.

snacking1) Give up Chocolate, Sweets, Cakes, Crisps, Ice Cream and Biscuits.

Basically, all the delicious things that are clearly bad for me. I’ve needed to lose weight for a while, and though I’ve had varying success here and there, I’m determined this year I’m going to do it. So I’m giving all that up, and as a result will be treating myself with yogurt and fruit this year. Mmm…

running-feet 2) Exercise Every Day

This one was originally ‘run every day’, but being realistic I don’t think this is possible. I went out for a run yesterday, the first day of the month, and even though it went amazingly (more on that below; see point 7!) my hips are in agony this morning, to the point I can barely move. I’m assuming that the excess weight I’m carrying, added to my total lack of running expertise, has resulted in the pain, but I really can’t see myself being able to run today. Instead, I’m going to hit the gym later and go on the stationary bike, then lift some weights. I’m hoping that will give my hips enough of a rest that I’ll be good to run tomorrow. But yes, that’s the goal; even if it’s only a 20 minute weight lifting session, some form of exercise every day. I’m determined to do it!

4429422_267894_flossing 3) Floss Every Day

I’m so-so with my flossing, but this year I’m determined to step it up. I’ll be using my water-jet flosser every morning, and then proper dental floss every night. In the past, whenever I’ve become militant with my flossing regime it’s resulted in my teeth looking whiter almost immediately, so I’m excited to see the results!

Those are the big 3, the ones I absolutely must do, every single day, without fail. Now onto my ‘semi resolutions’, the ones I’m going to make an effort with but allow myself some slips.

ghd-jewel-amethyst-set4) No Heat Treating my Hair

The condition of my hair has been getting worse and worse, dry with horrible split ends. I always wrote this off as just my hair type, and yet I was blow-drying and straightening constantly without using heat spray. You could call this willfull ignorance, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I had never really found a shampoo/conditioner that made any difference to my hair, no matter how much I spent, so I figured it was beyond help. Anywho, last year I stumbled upon a (discontinued) conditioner that made my hair INCREDIBLE, and it made me realise the potential it had. As  result, this year I’m totally focused on letting it heal up. I’m going to grow it out, use hair masks at least once a week, and most importantly NOT heat treat it. This is going to be pretty tricky, as my hair is that annoying wavy type which either needs curling, straightening or blow drying to make it look nice, but fortunately I stumbled upon a hair wrapping technique that makes it dry naturally, but still straight. As a result, I’m going to endeavour to leave the heat stylers alone this year, unless it’s a dire, utter emergency. Hopefully this will result in my hair ending up like Andrex toilet paper; soft, strong and long!

nails 5) Grow my Nails

Last year I managed to get my nails looking pretty fabulous- that’s a picture of them on the left! Long and gorgeous, and not the norm for me! But then, over about 2 weeks they all broke off. Devastating. Anyway, this year I’m going to attempt to recreate that, and make my nails super long again! I’m keeping hand and nail cream on my desk, and am gonna paint growth polish on every day, if I can.

fresh-fruit-and-vegetables6) Eat Good Food

This ties in with my diet plan, but also point 7 below. I’m going to attempt to have great food every day- live yogurt, fish, vegetables, lean meats etc; all the things my body needs for ultimate nutrition. I recently watched the documentary ‘Food Matters’, and I really recommend it; even though it should be obvious, it really opened my eyes so much to how important good nutrition is, and the difference it can make. As a result, I’m going to try and eat healthy, clean food as much as I can. I’ll allow myself time off for birthdays, restaurant trips etc, but even then I’m doing to be good, if I can. For example, every Tuesday me and the boyf have a ‘date night’, where we go to a restaurant and then to the cinema. From now on, we’re going to have dinner in Wetherspoons, as Tuesday is steak night, and I’ll be trading steak and chips for steak and salad. Carb free, cavewoman food ftw! As a result, I’m hoping to see not only a change in my weight, but also the signs of a body being fed the right foods!

circular-massage-skin-care7) Stick to a Skincare Regime

My skin has started looking iffy over the last few months, mainly due to some random binge eating of bad foods. It’s been lifeless, oily and with sporadic outbreaks, to the point where I was no longer brave enough to go makeup free, something I would usually do a few times a week. I’m hoping the change in diet detailed above will make a difference here, but I’m also planning to step up my skincare. I jump around through lots of different products, and use them on and off, but in the last year I’ve managed to find a few I really love. As a result, I’ve resolved to settle into a proper routine, which I’ll detail in a future post! Basically, though, I’ll be cleansing morning and night, using day and night cream and eye cream as well as a spot clearing toner. I’ve been doing this for a few days, and I’m already seeing results! Win!

IMG_8401 8) Eat Superfoods/Supplements

This is directly related to the documentary I watched, and one speaker in particular; David Wolfe. His enthusiasm about superfoods was catching, and I’ve always been a little obsessed with superfoods anyway, just not been consistent with it. On his say, I’ve bought up a few, and I’m going to attempt to have them every day. I’ll detail these more in another post, but I’m already seeing results; a ‘green drink’ (pictured to the left) made of a mix of superfood powders was all I had to eat before my run yesterday, and I cannot tell you the difference it made. I’ve been building up to my new year runs with a  few practice ones over the last few months, and even when I had been running regularly, the best I managed was to run the 25 minute time with one 3 minute walking break. Yesterday, however, after not running for 3 weeks and all the Christmas indulgence, I managed to run the whole 25 minutes without stopping. I cannot TELL you how pleased I was. I’m really not a runner (and I should clarify, my running is a steady jog, not proper running), and I’ve always struggled with it, and yet this super juice powdered me though without stopping. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever run that long without a break, and it’s really spurred me on, both with the running and the superfoods. Supplements ftw!

save-money19) Save Money

I make a good wage, but I’m a terrible shopaholic, and as a result I spend it as fast as I get it. This year, however, I’m being realistic about the fact that, with my late twenties approaching, I’ll need to start saving for a house. As a result, I’m resolving to save £1,000 every single month. I’ve already set up a direct debit to take £250 every Friday, and I’ll be cutting back drastically on spending on myself, leaving the remainder for bills, food and other necessities, with the occasional treat. It’ll be tough, but necessary, and I’m really, really gonna try. My future literally depends on it!

dynamiclash_banner_nyheter_eng10) Use Growth Mascara

I actually have pretty long lashes already, but I’ve managed to stash up 3 different growth mascaras, simply because I don’t like the finish- they’re all a bit clumpy for my taste. This year, though, I’ve decided to burn through them, so I’ll be reaching for growth mascara only until they are all used up, with the side effect that my lashes should get even longer!

photography-love (1)11) Take a Picture Every Day

I suppose this would count as a proper resolution, as if I don’t do it everyday it’s kinda pointless, but it’s not as important to me as the others, so I’m ousting it. Basically, I’m gonna try and take a snapshot every day, a memento of my year! Here’s January 1st- my boyfriend having a nap with my kitten!




12) Drink 3 Litres of Water a Day.

I already drink 2 most days, so 3 will be a challenge, but for the sake of my skin, and my diet, I’m gonna give it a shot!



Phew! Quite a list! I’m pretty sure I can do it, though; I’m always best cold turkey, and the New Year gives me an incredible amount of energy to make good changes. I’ll keep my progress reports coming on here, and in the meantime let me know your resolutions; I’d love to hear them! x


Pictures sourced online unless stated otherwise

Boots Advent Calendar Days 11-20.


Wow, I’ve been pretty rubbish huh! I can only blame a hectic festive schedule! So without much further ado, days 11-20 of the advent calendar!

 Day 11: Ghost Perfume

Another Ghost scent! I’ve not tried this one before, but it’s nice and fresh, a light day scent with an edge.


Day 12: Boots Salon Nail Shine Solution

This one caused me no end of excitement;  a salon nail polish! What fun!


Apparently it contains sea kelp to encourage shine, but really another treatment nail polish is fun enough for me!


Day 13: Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 for Eyes and Lashes

I wasn’t overly impressed by this at first, but then I looked closer at the label and realised it was a lash serum!? How fascinating! A quick google tells me it’s meant to illuminate the eye area and volumise lashes, which is pretty exciting! Can’t wait to try it!


Day 14: Ghost Moonlight

Ghost again! They must have had a deal with Boots! Ha! This one is quite rich, suitable for evening, but not too strong; no ghost scent ever is!


Day 15: 17 Tattoo Me Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner


This one didn’t excite me too much, as I have tons of eyeliner, the brush wasn’t particularly fine and the consistency of the formula is very thick and hard to control


It does draw a decent line, though, although I’m not sure how easy it would be to manouver on my eyelid.

IMG_8076 I can also vouch for the tattoo, semi permanent effect; this stuff would not budge. This is after soap, water and a lot of scrubbing:

IMG_8075 2 days later, after a shower and a bath, and if I look closely I can still see tiny speckles of black on my hand. Utterly, utterly immovable!!!!!!

 Day 16: Pink Spotty Nail File

I’m not a big fan of ‘puffy’ nail files, so I probably won’t use this, but that’s nothing against the file itself; I’m sure it’s perfectly decent! I just prefer the super skinny, rock hard ones (No pub intended..)


Day 17: Soap and Glory Flake Away Scrub

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this before, as I love it. It’s a really thick, sugary scrub, and it smells AMAZING; seriously, the first time I bought this I didn’t even need a scrub, I just loved the smell.  I’ll put a full review up soon, but in the meantime, if you’re in Boots, give it a sniff. Trust me.


Day 18: Juicy Couture La La perfume

Another perfume mini- a nice enough scent, light and sugary, but it leaked everywhere! I had barely any left in the bottle! Gah.


Day 19: Carmex Lipbalm

This is a classic, the king of lipbalms. Thick and waxy, with a strong medical scent, this won’t be for everyone, but boy does it soften!


 Day 20: Mavala Nail Polish Shade 53

 Another Mavala shade; hard to get excited when I have tons of red polish, but nice enough.


I wish I’d had the time to review these on the day, as it’s hard for them to make an impact in one go. The Carmex and the body scrub are probably my fave, but I’m pretty excited about the eye/lash serum! x

Crazy Rumours Gingerbread Lipbalm

As much as I love this time of year, I do notice that it takes it’s toll on my skin. The skin around my nose gets dry and flaky, face masks that are usually fine make my wind-battered skin sting and my lips go dry as a bone. I have a ton of lipbalms that I use throughout the year, but in winter I need something a little stronger, and this fab new balm from Crazy Rumours fits the bill nicely.


This lipbalm is packed with essential oils and butters, all natural, and you can really feel it. It doesn’t sit on top of your lips, it sinks in, and you can feel it working straight away. I also love the gingerbread flavour; it’s so Christmassy! Apparently this range does a ton of other flavours, such as Cherry, Cola, Sherbert and Amaretto, and frankly I want to try them all. I always latch on when I find a range I love, and this one is fab.


See how rich and creamy it is? Imagine that smoothed on your poor, weather chapped lips. Heavenly. On top of all that, it’s organic, vegan and cruelty free; the perfect stocking filler for the socially conscious beauty lover! Until recently I’d been loving another nautral lipbalm, but I found it dried out too quickly, leaving me looking for an alternative, and this is definitely it. A gorgeous line, available now at Holland and Barrett for only £3.49. Definitely worth the investment!

Magazine Freebies Roundup: December 2013

It’s the season of generosity and giving! Unless you’re a magazine, that is, in which case it’s the season to be as stingy as hell. Yes, I’m afraid I’ve got a rather rubbish freebie post for you today. There is only one magazine giving away a freebie; Red, and not only that but you can only get it in Sainsburys! Wtf guys?!


It’s the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash balm, and I didn’t buy it because I have it already. It’s pretty nice though, so if you’re hankering for a freebie head on over to Sainsbury’s and pick it up. And that’s it! How rubbish is that!? If you’re still desperate for a freebie, nip on over to my December shop freebies post, which is here!

Boots Advent Calendar Day 10


Day 10: Orly Bonder Base Coat

I was beyond thrilled to get this one- I’ve been meaning to pick this up for ages, so I’m beside myself with excitement at the chance to try it. I think it’s the rubberized thing that’s got me; in my head it’ll be thick and sticky so the nail polish will sit on it beautifully! I’ll do my best to review it soon, so we shall see!


2013 Christmas Freebies: The Definitive Guide

It’s that time again! I always look forward to seeing what stuff the makeup brands are giving away at Christmas, and I’ve gathered it all here for your viewing pleasure. So without much further ado…


 Brand: L’Oreal Paris

Gift: Volume Million Lashes Glitter Topcoat, Red Lipstick, Red Nail Polish

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £15 on L’Oreal Cosmetics

Notes: The Mascara looks great fun, and volume million is an amazing line, but note that this is a clear glitter topcoat and is NOT black. The Red lipstick/nail polish is less exciting, pretty generic.


Brand: Max Factor

Gift: False Lash Effect Mascara, Lipfinity, Blue Nail Polish

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £15 on Max Factor Cosmetics

Notes: The mascara is a classic, and the lipfinity is a pretty pale pink, a great all round shade, but the blue polish is pretty gross.



Brand: Seventeen

Gift: Eyebrow Palette

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £8 on Seventeen Cosmetics

Notes: I had to fight not to buy this, as I already have 3 eyebrow palttes, but I’ll probably end up with it anyway. A fab little kit, including a pencil and a highlighter, and you only need to spend £8!


Brand: Models Own

Gift: Glitter Kit containing Pink Nail Polish, Gold and Silver Glitter Pots and a Nail Buffer.

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you buy any 2 Models Own products

Notes: The glitter and buffer combo is nice, but I didn’t fancy the bright pink polish; who mixes glitter with pink!? A decent gift though.


Brand: No7

Gift: Extreme Length Extend mascara, lip gloss, eye shadow, felt tip liner.

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £15 on No7 Cosmetics

Notes: A solid gift as always from No7. Nice beige/neutrals for the shadow and lipgloss, but it really seems worth it just for the felt tip eyeliner!


Brand: Maybelline

Gift: Baby Lips special edition; Cherry Velvet

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you get 3 for 2 on Maybelline Cosmetics

Notes: Pretty stingy if you ask me, but a limited edition of a popular product will probably turn heads. Only really worth it if you’re already investing in 3 Maybelline products.


Brand: Rimmel London

Gift: Red Lasting Finish Nail Polis

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you get 3 for 2 on Rimmel Cosmetics

Notes: Another cheapskate one; one nail polish? Really? And it’s red, which everyone has. No fun.



Brand: Revlon

Gift: Black and Silver glitter special edition Nail Polish

Shop: Superdrug

Terms and Conditions: Free when you get 3 for 2 on Revlon Cosmetics

Notes: Revlon always do one polish giveaways, so I’m never too tempted, but this one was rather nice. The black/silver chunky glitter looks cool.



Brand: Revlon

Gift: Silver Holographic glitter special edition Nail Polish

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you get 3 for 2 on Revlon Cosmetics

Notes: A very dull affair. If you are buying Revlon, head to Superdrug for their freebie instead.


Brand: Bourjois

Brand: Bourjois

Gift: Gold Leaf effect limited edition nail polish

Shop: Superdrug

Terms and Conditions: Free when you get 3 for 2 on Bourjois Cosmetics

Notes: Sooo pretty, but pales in comparison to the Boots Bourjois gift. So skip this pretty polish and read on…


Brand: Bourjois

Gift: Iconic Glam gift set containing red lipgloss, red nail polish, eyeshadow trio and mascara.

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £15 on Bourjois Cosmetics

Notes: A total and utter win. Standard red nail polish, but also comes with a lipgloss, a black/grey/silver eyeshadow trio and a fab mascara; four full size products! Talk about a bargain! Run, don’t walk!


Brand: Collection

Gift: Glam Crystals Eyeliner

Shop: Superdrug

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £5 on Collection Cosmetics

Notes: I have one of these, and though it’s pretty I’ve never used it. Nice enough, but Boots have the better offer on this brand.


Brand: Collection

Gift: Supersize Mascara

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £5 on Collection Cosmetics

Notes: Not tried it, but a free mascara is always great, and you only have to spend a fiver. Worth the punt I’d say!


Brand: Barry M

Gift: Gold/Bronze glitter shard or Holographic Pink Limited edition Nail Polish

Shop: Superdrug

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £6 on Barry M Makeup

Notes: Barry M special editions are always hard to resist, but I’m trying to stop buying glitter. Both lovely, but check out the Boots shades below before you make a decision.


Brand: Barry M

Gift: Red/Green/Purple glitter shard or Holographic Silver Limited edition Nail Polish

Shop: Boots

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £6 on Barry M Makeup

Notes:I think the red/purple/green is my fave; gorgeous! And only a £6 spend, defo worth it.


Brand: Miss Sporty

Gift: Nail Polish (assorted)

Shop: Superdrug

Terms and Conditions: Free when you spend over £3 on Miss Sporty Makeup

Notes: Tons of nail polishes to choose from and only a £3 spend. Do it; buy Dr Balm, you can’t lose!


Brand: B

Gift: Skincare/Makeup Giftbox

Shop: Superdrug

Terms and Conditions: Free when you get 3 for 2 on B products

Notes: I have less than nothing to say here. I included it, but I’ve never tried their stuff, nor am I sure what’s even in the box. Ho hum….


I’ll put up some reviews of what I actually bought soon enough, but in the meantime, that’s it! Let me know if I’ve missed any, and enjoy your freebies! xx